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Pacific Person of the Year: Unaisi Vuniwaqa

“As I look back on my life, I realise that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better,” Unaisi Bolatolu Vuniwaqa posted on her LinkedIn account in December 2020.

“Absolutely, I’ve learnt to accept rejection as better opportunities awaits,” she continued.

From the day she won the Baton of Honour award at her 1986 graduation as a police constable in Suva, Vuniwaqa was destined for greater things.

Her career has taken her from appointment as Commissioner and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to a new UN role in New York.

In so doing . . .

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